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Each month we spotlight a local nonprofit that's in need of help. It's a way to connect our listeners with charities that make an impact.

Get Involved Spotlight: Front Steps

From Front Steps, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

About Front Steps

Front Steps believes that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home. For those experiencing homelessness, Front Steps’ mission is to provide a continuum of services, by offering shelter, seeking affordable housing, and providing community education.

Front Steps was created in 1997 as the Capital Area Homeless Alliance with the overarching philosophy that each homeless person deserves respect and dignity. Front Steps manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) in downtown Austin which meets the basic needs of about 600 men and women daily, operates an overnight and daytime shelter and permanent housing, and operates the Central Texas Recuperative Care Program.

Get Involved

·      Donate: Visit to donate online or send your check to Front Steps, PO Box 684519, Austin, TX 78768-4519.

·      Volunteer: Our volunteers bring their diversity of experience and compassion to their positions at ARCH, which include researching and providing resources to our day clients, handing out toiletries and mail, serving dinner, helping with administrative tasks, and providing assistance and guidance in our computer lab.  Groups of 10 or less are able to organize games days, prepare dinner for our clients in transitional housing, and present topics of interest to our clients. All volunteers onsite need to be over the age of 18, but younger volunteers can be involved with donation drives, creating gifts for our clients, etc. To find out about volunteering, visit or contact Natalie Freeburg or (512) 305-4153.

·      Host a Donation Drive: An updated wish list for donations can be obtained by contacting Natalie Freeburg at

·      Advocate for your homeless neighbors and learn more about homelessness. Visit">Front Steps Community Needs Spotlight from">I Live Here, I Give Here on Vimeo.

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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